Do you ever play mind games?
I’m not talking about mind games with other people like when you acted like you didn’t like a boy, but you really did. Remember when you drove by his house 5 times in a row hoping to see him outside, then dying of embarrassment when he was actually outside and saw you? er, me either….
Instead, I’m talking about mind games with yourself, like telling yourself you really do like to mop, or put groceries away or whatever it is that you really don’t like to do? I do all the time. I hate to unload the dishwasher so I set the stove timer so I’ll focus on it and try to beat the clock. It’s a mind game, I focus on the times so I don’t focus on the actual task. I, also, do in running. In running it’s called a mantra, basically. You repeat a phrase over and over to
get your mind off the torture of step, step, step, to keep you focused.
It’s the power of positive thinking and it works.
So. There was this blogging task that I did not like to do. I’d rush through pinning some great posts to Pinterest as fast as I could, just to be able to check that off my to-do list. Then one day, I decided instead of tackling it all at one time, I’d just do a few a day every time I got on the computer. It was wasn’t painful and it didn’t take long. Do you know what happened? I started actually looking at the post, commenting, and enjoying reading. A lot of the posts were information that I’d want to keep anyway if I were scrolling through Pinterest (which I never have time to do anymore!). I made friends with the author as well. And do you know what else? I started gaining a lot more Pinterest followers! Why? Because I wasn’t blasting Pinterest all at one time with 75 pins. I shared them throughout the day on various boards of interest and more people saw them! I love that.
So, all this rambling is to say, stop looking at a job you dislike as punishment, but instead look at it as an opportunity!! Change your attitude (and when I say you, I mean me!)
One thing I don’t have to trick myself into doing is baking. One thing I don’t have to trick myself into liking is these Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts!!
Get my Never Fail Pie Crust here.
- 2 recipes Never Fail Pie Crust
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 T light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp all spice
- ½ c ricotta
- 2 T butter, melted
- Roll dough into ⅛ in thickness into a 11x15 inch rectangle. Using a pizza cutter, cut into 8 even strips.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix pumpkin, egg, cinnamon and all spice until well combined.
- Place 1 T pumpkin mixure on one side of the rectangle. Place 1 tsp ricotta on top of pumpkin.
- Fold crust over, and press with fork to seal. Repeat with remaining strips of dough.
- Brush with melted butter.
- Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees 20 to 22 minutes or until lightly brown.
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